Pretty Palettes :: August 2017 Reveal
Welcome to Halcraft’s August 2017 Reveal
Hello, hello, Pretty Palette challengers! I’m so glad you’ve arrived! I look forward to this day with you EVERY month.
The long days of summer have been getting shorter and shorter. The August Pretty Palette has an autumnal feel; I’m really digging its subtle, sophisticated vibe.
The beads I chose for this month’s blog hop are earthy and are made of quite a few varied materials:
- Bead Gallery® 12mm rhodonite rounds
- Bead Gallery® 8mm blue ceramic rounds
- Bead Gallery® green coated seed beads
- Bead Gallery® 8mm turquoise Czech glass rounds
- Bead Gallery® 7mm wooden square beads
- Bead Gallery® 6mm amber shell rondelles
- Bead Gallery® large wooden rectangles
- Bead Gallery®6mm gold luster hematite faceted rounds
- Bead Gallery® gold hematite luster square rondelles*
*I added in this strand of beads. I needed some tiny sparking spacers between the darker wooden squares.
The Lily Pad Necklace!
Unlike last month, where I had a specific design in mind when I sat down to make a piece, this month I went in an instinctual direction. I began by just snipping the end of each strand and laying the beads out on my bead board in a way that appealed to me. When making a necklace, it’s always good to start with the largest or heaviest beads near the bottom, so the rhodonite rounds went to the lower part of my bead board. They’re relatively heavy stone beads. The wooden rectangles aren’t physically heavy, but they are visually heavy, so I placed them among the rhodonite rounds. After futzing with them all, I decided to use just a few of the wooden rectangles and place them off center for added interest.
From here I knew I wanted something to hide exposed wire between all of those large beads. The shell rondelles were the perfect choice, and the color worked beautifully with the pink rhodonite. The rest of the beads practically strung themselves as I filled the wires on on my bead board. I love the results so much that I just have to show you how it looks on.
Now’s the fun part! You’ve seen what I made; here’s your chance to show me what you’ve made! Place a link to your August 2017 Pretty Palettes project right here. I love to celebrate YOU!